Muslim boys told their beards breach school rules

Two Muslim schoolboys have been barred from classes because they will not shave off their beards. Both 14-year-olds were placed in “isolation” from the start of the new term at Mount Carmel Roman Catholic high school in Accrington, Lancashire.

 

The head teacher said the matter was not one of religion but about dress code. Xavier Bowers told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph: “We have not taken this decision lightly. I have spent quite a lot of time researching the issue and speaking to Muslim elders.

 

A relative of one of the youngsters said it was “pure discrimination”. The family member, who did not wish to be named, told the paper: “Because these boys cannot shave their beards for religious reasons, they are being put in isolation for six-and-a-half hours every day. They are not being allowed to mix with anybody or speak to friends. It is pure discrimination.

 

In response to this week’s beard ban, Bowers added that the clean shaven rule had been in place for some time, although two boys were allowed to keep their beards on religious grounds as an “exception” last year as their exams approached and the school did not want to place them under “unfair pressure”. He said that a number of other Asian boys were then spoken to and it was made clear they must return from the summer clean shaven.

 

It is understood talks are on-going between the families of the two boys and the school to resolve the issue.

French Muslim groups sue magazine over Prophet Mohammed cartoons

News Agencies – December 7, 2012

 

Two Muslim organizations launched legal proceedings against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, accusing it of inciting racial hatred after it published provocative cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. The allegations concern cartoons that caricatured the Prophet, including two drawings which show him naked, published at a time, on September 19, when violent anti-Western protests were flaring across the Muslim world in response to an US anti-Islam amateur film. The Algerian Democratic Union for Peace and Progress (RDAP) and the Organization of Arab Union are claiming a total of €780,000 in costs and damages. According to the complainants’, the drawings were “damaging to the honour and reputation of the Prophet Mohammed and the Muslim community”.

 

Thousands of extra copies of the weekly had to be ordered after the publications usual print-run of 75,000 sold out within hours of going on sale. The first hearing in the case has been scheduled for January 29 at a court in Paris.

 

Muslim Sisters Sentenced for “Honour Attack” on Their Sibling

01.03.2012

Last week, Winchester Crown Court dealt with a case of “honour-based domestic violence”, as the BBC reports. Two Muslim sisters (29 and 25), who cut off their younger sister’s (18) hair as a punishment for kissing a white man in April last year, were convicted of actual bodily harm. They received 12-month conditional discharges. In addition, their brother, who also witnessed the kissing and then assaulted the young man, was found guilty of assault. The Court decided that the two sisters had to pay £500 costs each; their brother was ordered to pay £250 costs. Since the attack, the youngest sibling had no contact with her sisters or parents and has been living with Gary Pain, the young man she was caught kissing last year.

2 Muslim clerics accused of financial support for Pakistani Taliban again seek release on bail

MIAMI — Two Muslim clerics accused of providing financial support to the Pakistani Taliban terrorist group are again seeking release on bail.

A hearing was set Friday in Miami federal court for 76-year-old Hafiz Muhammad Sher Ali Khan and his son, 24-year-old Izhar Khan. Both are imams at South Florida mosques. They have been in solitary confinement since their May 14 arrests.

A magistrate judge in May ordered both men held without bail until trial. Their lawyers say prosecutors have scant evidence that they pose any threat or would flee to Pakistan rather than stand trial.
A second son charged in the case, Irfan Khan, will have a bail hearing July 15. Three other people, including a daughter and grandson of the elder Khan, are also charged but remain in Pakistan.

Two Muslim religious leaders say they were asked to leave Delta flight in Memphis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two Muslim religious leaders say they were asked to leave a commercial airliner after being cleared by security agents and boarded the plane for an 8:40 a.m. flight on Friday in Memphis. They were told it was because the pilot refused to fly with them aboard.

Masudur Rahman, who is also an adjunct instructor of Arabic at the University of Memphis, said by phone from the terminal at Memphis International Airport that he and another imam had already been allowed to board their Delta Connection flight to Charlotte, N.C., before they were asked to get off the plane.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Jon Allen in Atlanta confirmed the incident and said it was not initiated by that agency.

Both passengers are Memphis-area residents. Rahman said he was dressed in traditional Indian clothing and his traveling companion was dressed in Arab garb, including traditional headgear.

Ibrahim Hooper, of the American-Islamic organization, said the group will follow up with the airline and with the TSA to help ensure such incidents do not continue to occur.

Hooper said airline officials at Memphis tried to resolve the situation, but the pilot refused.

Two Muslim Women Asked to Leave Pool in Southern France; Discrimination On the Rise

Two Muslim women were ordered out of a swimming pool at the Rives des Corbieres holiday camp in Port Leucate, southern France, because they were wearing ‘burkinis’. The incident came ten days after French MPs voted to outlaw the burka in public places.

The women were asked to either change into conventional bikinis or one-piece costumes or leave the swimming pool. Police were then called to the drama after the husband of one of the women threatened the pool’s lifeguard with a bowling ball.

Last year a Muslim woman was banned from wearing a burkini at a public swimming pool also for hygiene reasons. She later failed in her bid to sue the council in the Paris suburb for discrimination. Police have this year also stopped and fined two women for wearing a burka while driving because the garb impaired their field of vision. The Lost Angeles Times reports a rise in discrimination of Muslims across France.

Muslim converts accused of holy war bomb plots

Two Muslim converts and two Turks go on trial in a bomb-proof courtroom in Düsseldorf today accused of plotting to blow up German civilians and US soldiers. “The world will burn!” boasted an intercepted e-mail sent between the accused, who are alleged to have wanted to wage an Islamic holy war in the heart of Europe. Three of the men — Fritz Gelowicz, 29, Daniel Schneider, 23 and the Turkish national Adem Yilmaz, 30 — are accused of attending a training camp on the Afghan-Pakistani frontier run by an Uzbek-based terror organisation known as the Islamic Jihad Union.

Intelligence services say that it has links with al-Qaeda. Using detonators — supplied, the state prosecutor claims, by Attila Selek, 24, a German citizen of Turkish origin — the gang prepared bombs with the explosive force of 410kg (904lb) of TNT, to be set off in and around the US Ramstein air base and other targets. The bombers in London on July 7, 2005, had 4kg of explosive.

Muslim women in headscarves barred from Obama photo op’s

Two Muslim women who attended a rally for Barack Obama in Detroit were barred from sitting behind the podium by campaign volunteers, who sought to prevent the women’s headscarves from appearing in photographs with the candidate. After complaints, the Obama campaign has since apologized to the women, and all supporters of the Democratic nominee who felt betrayed by their treatment at the rally. Barack Obama has and continues to fight smears about his religious adherence, and distortions about having a Muslim upbringing.

Sweden: Veiled women win appeal against swimming pool

Two Muslim mothers won a court appeal against a municipal swimming pool in Gothenburg that required them to take off their veils and body-covering clothing. The Court of Appeal for western Sweden found the city of Gothenburg guilty of ethnic discrimination, and ordered authorities to pay each of the women 20,000 kronor (or $3,000) in damages. Both of the women were wearing head-coverings, long pants and long-sleeved shirts covering their body.

Muslim brokers seek legal action over bias claim

Two Muslim former city brokers launched an unusual legal action alleging religious discrimination in a case that challenges how financial companies allocate clients. The female co- workers claim their bosses at Compagnie Financi_re Tradition, a Swiss stockbroker, diverted Jewish clients away from them, giving them instead to non-Muslim colleagues. The employment tribunal case is a rare – and potentially far-reaching – example of religious discrimination laws being used to challenge how city businesses divide up work among employees. Documents prepared for the London Central Employment Tribunal show that the women – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – allege they suffered “complex and multi-faceted” discrimination while working for Tradition in London and elsewhere over the past three years.